Chair of Council – Lorraine Barry
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X
At the recent St Dunstan’s College evening, I spoke about how our lives are like a living crossword, that there are key words in it like “Honour”, “Ethos”, “Technology” and “Perseverance”. However, just like a crossword, we are all also inter-connected and reliant on each other for the whole life experience to work. So, other words like “Community”, “Centenary” and “Service” are equally important elements. The result is a completed crossword and therefore “SUCCESS”. We must also be mindful of all the clues to our crossword, being all the people in our lives that have influenced us along the way.
St Dunstan’s College is based on 6 key pillars – Academics, Sports, Cultural, Service, Spirituality, and Leadership. The Council strives to reinforce each of the pillars, by constantly improving and enhancing the school offerings.
Many have contributed to upholding these pillars at St Dunstan’s. In line with this, it will be remiss of me not to pay tribute to our previous long-serving Chair of Council, Mr. Con Roux. We thank Con for his leadership and vision that has been integral in transforming our school and making St Dunstan’s College a school of which we are proud
We are mindful of the environment and circumstances within which we operate our school. You can be assured that all income received is thoroughly and thoughtfully administered to achieve each one of these pillars. At all times, we maintain the vision of “an exemplary Christian College nurturing principled, independent leadership”.
In the time since taking over the reigns as Chair of Council, I have attended functions that highlighted the incredible depth of talent, breadth of activities, the dedication of pupils, parents, and staff. I leave each event very proud and excited by what our pupils are able to achieve, through the guidance of the staff.
Some of the events that have taken place in this past year of which we can be proud:
- The Easter Sports Festival: fabulous to see our school being showcased through sport to such a broad audience;
- The Music Festival: a terrific event with people attending from far and wide;
- Mandela Day: Living the motto I-Serve, by contributing to support social needs;
- St Dunstan’s GetsActive: An excellent day, uniting the families and school through activity;
- The Jungle Book: what an absolute treat! Well done to all the Grade1 to 3 pupils;
- Illuminate: a tremendous evening, filled with musical talent from across the entire school;
- College Honours Evening: the awards for outstanding academic results achieved by our senior pupils.
In 1918, our school started with 1 pupil and 1 teacher. In 2018 we have 1 240 pupils across the Pre-school, Preparatory and College supported by a full teacher compliment and administrative staff. We have moved from a small rented space in Benoni town to an incredible, expansive and crisp campus in Rynfield. It’s with great excitement that during 2018, St Dunstan’s College will be celebrating its Centenary. The official launch was on Remembrance Day on 11th November 2017. We will also see the opening of the iconic building – The E John Bulter Centre for the Arts. This center will further boost our campus and enhance our diversity of educational options for pupils.
The challenge for St Dunstan’s College is that we are living in an age where we are educating students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet. As Council, we want our school to be equipping our students for this new future.
“You can do anything with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. It is the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will, the energy to execute your ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters. They have fortitude. They have staying qualities. Enthusiasm is the foundation of all progress. With it there is accomplishment”
I pray that this is a school of energetic and enthusiastic students who take hold of their exciting futures and accomplish their dreams.
God bless you all.